Friday, December 18, 2015

That's a Wrap!

There is something so special about Christmas time- from cuddling up with a big blanket and cup of hot chocolate, watching all the classic Christmas movies, or spending time with family that you don’t get to see every day. 

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is gift giving. There is no doubt that I LOVE receiving gifts, but the most fulfilling for me is the excitement of shopping and wrapping and the anticipation how much my loved ones will love their gift. Seeing the excitement on their face when the get/open their gift is priceless.

I put as much thought and care in to wrapping my gifts as I do selecting the perfect gift. In the past, I have gone with different variations of the typical Santa & Snowman wrapping paper and topping it off with a beautiful big fluffy bow, however this year I decided to go a different route.

As you all may know, wrapping paper, ribbon, and gift tags can be expensive. I was dreading the cost of all the supplies- with marriage, comes twice the amount of gifts to wrap. Thinking about the cost of it all, I could not decide on how I was wrapping our gifts. As I was helping my Nana decorate her house for Christmas, I found a huge box of used and smashed ribbon that she had used years ago. It was obvious she had no plans to use it again, and I’m not even sure when she had kept it- so I asked if I could have it. Although it was all smashed and wrinkled, It was once beautiful ribbon and I thought it would go perfect with my d├ęcor.

So there it began. My decorative juices started flowing and I could not wait to see what I could come up with. I wrapped my packages with brown Kraft paper that I purchased from Hobby Lobby. I dumped all the used ribbon in the floor and straightened it out, and I went to work. I wrapped each present differently, topping some off with big bows, some with little bows, and some with live greenery. With each recipient in mind, I came up with a different design.  And when I was finished, I was so pleased with the outcome. Each present was wrapped with love and care and I can’t wait to take them to our family Christmas. And, even better, I saved money!! I guess the saying is true, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

So don’t be afraid to change things up, go out on a limb, and try something new this holiday season. Save all the ribbon you can and challenge yourself to be creative! Get those creative juices flowing, create something thoughtful, and save some money while you’re at it! See the before and after pictures below!